Winter is coming... and if there has ever been a time to think seriously about building energy-efficient homes, this is it. Even if you live in an older home, there are things you can do this winter to keep the cold out, reduce your energy bills, and keep little critters from taking up residence in your warm space.
Make sure you have adequate insulation.
It's surprising how many homes are under-insulated. If you feel drafts in some areas of your home or tend to getice dams on your roof, these are signs that your home is under-insulated. Consider replacing your current insulation with spray foam insulation, which forms a tight barrier around your home and insulates more evenly than fiberglass.
Winterize your pipes.
Make sure your exterior water lines are insulated, and that your air conditioner water shut-off valve is turned to "off." Frozen pipes can mean flooding, and if you have a boiler system, a very cold home.
Check up on your chimney.
If you spot any cracks or holes in your chimney, now is the time to have them fixed. When the cold weather hits, bugs and critters will be attracted to the warmth inside the chimney and will crawl inside. Also, make sure there are screens on all of your chimney vents to ensure rodents don't come inside.
Adapt to a cooler temperature.
How warm do you keep your home? 70 degrees? 68 degrees? Try turning down the thermostat a degree per week until you reach 63 - 65 degrees. You'll save a bundle on your energy bill. If your home is well-insulated against drafts, you'll adapt to this new temperature quickly.
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